Today is International Mother Language Day, an observance held annually on February 21st worldwide to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism and proclaimed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1999.
Because one of City Lights’ specialties is world literature, as a bookseller of fiction from around the world and also as a publisher of literature in translation, we wanted to explore how translation promotes cross-cultural understanding and helps literature reach new readers. In the store, we asked our community what works in translation or translated authors they love:
And then today on Twitter we asked:
It’s International Mother Language Day! How do you say “Books” in your language?
— City Lights Books (@CityLightsBooks) February 21, 2014
Just some of the great responses:
— Alison Ustun (@AlisonUstun) February 21, 2014
Check out our Twitter feed for more responses.